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Mexico's Dumping of Subsidized Sugar Has Ended up Costing Hawaii Its Sugar Industry


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ALOHA, HAWAIIAN SUGAR; UNFORTUNATELY, IN THIS CASE, "ALOHA" MEANS GOODBYE.  AFTER MORE THAN A CENTURY IN BUSINESS, HAWAII PRODUCED ITS LAST SUGAR-CROP, IN DECEMBER.  RYAN WESTON--WHO REPRESENTS THE INDUSTRY IN WASHINGTON--BLAMES AN UNCERTAIN ECONOMIC-CLIMATE FOR THE DOWNFALL...

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SUGAR-PRICES HAVE BEEN LOW, FOR MANY YEARS--BECAUSE MEXICO BROKE U-S TRADE-LAWS, AND DUMPED TONS OF SUBSIDIZED SUGAR ONTO OUR MARKET.  THE U-S GOVERNMENT JUST NEGOTIATED A LEGAL-SETTLEMENT, TO STOP MEXICO'S PREDATORY TRADE-PRACTICES--BUT IT WAS TOO LATE FOR HAWAII.  MEXICO'S DUMPING--COMBINED WITH ADDED REGULATORY-BURDENS--WAS JUST TOO MUCH TO OVERCOME.  LOTS OF WONDERFUL PEOPLE LOST THEIR JOBS--AND IT'S A SHAME."

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WESTON--WHO TRAVELED TO HAWAII, FOR THE LAST FACTORY-CLOSING--SAYS THAT IT SHOULD SERVE AS A CAUTIONARY TALE, AS CONGRESS BEGINS DEBATE OF U-S SUGAR-POLICY.  THAT POLICY OPERATES AT NO COST TO TAXPAYERS--AND OFFERS SOME PROTECTION FROM SUBSIDIZED FOREIGN-SUGAR.  WITHOUT IT, WESTON FEARS, IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE THE REST OF AMERICA'S SUGAR-INDUSTRY SAYS ALOHA.  LEARN MORE AT "SUGAR-ALLIANCE"-DOT-ORG.  FOR THE "INTERNATIONAL SWEETENER SYMPOSIUM" IN SAN DIEGO, I'M ERIC JON MAGNUSON.

For more audio from many of those participating in the 34th-annual International Sweetener Symposium, click here.



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